Created For Connection®

Dr. Sue Johnson developed EFT with a foundational understanding of Attachment Science over 30 years ago.  Since then EFT has been consistently validated as the most effective therapy approach for couples with success rates around 86%.  Find out more about the research and facts on Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, families and individuals at the International Center for Excellence in EFT here:


In 2008 Dr. Sue Johnson adapted the ground-breaking concepts from EFT into her best-selling book for couples Hold Me Tight™: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.  A wonderful tool for couples and therapists, Hold Me Tight was also adapted into an educational program for couples and has been offered in the U.S. and internationally for over 10 years with great success.  


Hold Me Tight™  is a registered trademark to Sue Johnson, Ph.D. 


In 2016, Dr. Sue Johnson in conjunction with Kenneth Sanderfer published Created for Connection: The “Hold Me Tight” Guide for Christian Couples.  This book integrates the life changing concepts from Hold Me Tight for a Christian audience.  Julie had the privilege of hearing Dr. Sue Johnson and Kenneth Sanderfer speak about Created for Connection at the 2017 American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) in Nashville, TN.  Julie and Allison desire to bring the power of the Created for Connection program to churches in the Sacramento area in order to strengthen marriages. Julie and Allison developed the Created for Connection Retreat to present couples with an integrated picture of attachment using the science of love and Scripture. The retreat facilitates powerful exercises and concepts from Dr. Johnson’s educational program using the main tenants of EFT.  


We include fun examples, tips, and stories to help couples move through the weekend and understand the map to secure love.  We are happy to answer any questions and hope to see you at one of our Created for Connection Retreats!